Complying with privacy rules aimed at protecting protected health information (PHI) and healthcare records is assured with Coast2Coast Shredding.
Who must comply with HIPAA privacy standards?
HIPAA, as required by Congress, is the Privacy Rule that covers:
- Health plans
- Health care clearinghouses
- Health care providers
- Health care providers who conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically. These electronic transactions are those for which standards have been adopted by the Secretary under HIPAA, such as electronic billing and fund transfers.
Cost of storing vs. cost of shredding
Health facilities often pay a lot of money to store patient records. To save space and money, you may decide to destroy some old records. Shredding is the best way to dispose of patient records. Implementing a Coast2Coast Shredding document destruction program is not particularly expensive, nor time-consuming and will keep you HIPAA compliant.
Healthcare organizations (HCOs) are looking to vendors to “step up to the plate,” when it comes to HIPAA compliance, according to John Bogen, founder and CEO of HealthCIO and speaker at the HIPAA Bulletin for Management-sponsored audio conference, HIPAA For Healthcare Vendors.
“Vendors, consultants and service companies play a very active role when it comes to HIPAA compliance,” he said.